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Rulli to deliver Ruth E. Butler Executive in Residence Lecture; JobTrax kiosk to be unveiled in Corbly Hall Lounge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University graduate John Rulli, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and president of Simon Management Group for Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, Inc., will deliver the Ruth E. Butler Executive in Residence Lecture Friday, Oct. 2 at Marshall University.

Rulli, who received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Marshall in 1979, will speak at 11 a.m. in Corbly Hall, room 105, on Marshall's Huntington campus. The lecture is open to the public.

Rulli's lecture will be preceded at 10:30 a.m. by the unveiling of a JobTrax kiosk in the Corbly Hall Lounge. JobTrax is an online database available to employers to post open positions to specifically reach Marshall University students and alumni.

The Executive in Residence program was created in 1984 by Dr. Robert P. Alexander, then dean of the Lewis College of Business, with the purpose of providing students with the opportunity to hear and interact with successful business executives. The program provides role models with outstanding business experience related to students through lectures, discussions and informal dialogue.

Rulli is on the advisory board for Marshall's Lewis College of Business and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2006. He is vice chairman of the board for Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Simon Property Group is an S&P 500 company and the largest U.S. publicly traded real estate company. Simon Property Group is a fully integrated real estate company that operates from five retail real estate platforms: regional malls, Premium Outlet Centers, The Mills Corporation, community/lifestyle centers and international properties. The company currently owns or has an interest in approximately 380 properties in North America, Europe and Asia.

Prior to being appointed to his current position in 2007, Rulli was instrumental in building the operating foundation upon which Simon Property Group has grown. He has led the integration of all acquisitions including DeBartolo, CPI, IBM, New England Development Company and The Mills Corporation portfolios. Rulli has been a key member of the Simon Property Group management team for more than 20 years.


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Tuesday September 29, 2009
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Marshall University faculty member's new book released

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University English Department Professor A. E. (Art) Stringer recently published a new collection of poems, Human Costume, through Salmon Poetry in Ireland.  Stringer is the author of a previous collection, Channel Markers, and has taught writing and literature at Marshall for 20 years. 

"Professor Stringer continues to prove himself to be an extremely deep well of talent and inspiration for our students," said Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of Marshall's College of Liberal Arts. "Having an accomplished author of his distinction is an undeniable asset for the Department of English, the College of Liberal Arts and the university. An extraordinary teacher, he leads his students by example to demonstrate the majesty of writing."

Stringer and southern Ohio poet Ron Houchin, whose book Museum Crows is also new from Salmon, just returned from a public reading in Galway, Ireland to launch both of their titles.  They will appear together in Huntington in early December and elsewhere in West Virginia in the coming year. 

Stringer said Human Costume sees the human figure as being costumed in flesh and feeling, by which human nature is both revealed and concealed.  "The heart of the book," he said, "is our seasonal celebration of Halloween on the eve of All Saints Day."  He said it was only after moving to West Virginia and experiencing the area's elaborate rituals and celebrations of these holidays that he came to appreciate their connection. 

Human Costume includes poems about nature, war, love, and art that have appeared over the past decade in journals such as The Ohio Review, Shenandoah, Antaeus, Denver Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, and others. 

The book was supported by a grant from Marshall University's John Deaver Drinko Academy and is available at the Marshall bookstore and at http://www.salmonpoetry.com/humancostume.html.


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Country musician and Marshall University alumna Dana Romanello added as opening act for Mike Birbiglia show

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University alumni typically come home for homecoming, but this year, one of our own will be part of the homecoming festivities as Dana Romanello, a county music artist and former Herd cheerleader, warms up the crowd during Homecoming Week for the Mike Birbiglia "I'm in the Future Also" show on Friday, Oct. 2nd at the Veterans Memorial Field House. 

 

Romanello graduated from Marshall University in 2004 with her B.A. in Communications Studies with a minor in music.  Dana was very active in campus activities during her tenure at Marshall.  She was a varsity cheerleader beginning in 2000 and rising to cheerleading captain in 2003.  She was also very active in MU choir and MU dance team.

 

Dana is a current resident of Music City USA, otherwise known as Nashville, Tenn., where she recently released her debut album, Dana Romanello.  The ten tracks are all written by Romanello herself.  Some tracks are bittersweet, retrospective thoughts put to music; some fun "sassy grass" tunes as she calls them; all representing the sweet and spirited person she is.  "She's somewhere between June Carter and Dolly Parton!" says Steve Hayes, WNXT. 


Mike Birbiglia tickets are $22. Tickets may be purchased through the Marshall Artists Series box office, located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, or by calling (304) 696-6656 or (304) 523-5757. Patrons can also visit www.marshallartistsseries.org for ticket information. The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster location, including online at www.ticketmaster.com. Patrons can also pick up tickets at FYE stores in the Huntington Mall and Ashland Town Center or the Macy's in the Charleston Town Center.

 

Mike Birbiglia's "I'm in the Future Also" is sponsored by The Marshall Artists Series, MU's Student Activities Programming Board, Marshall University's  Alumni Association,  CSX Transportation, American Electric Power, Dr. Phil Zambos, WKEE, WAMX, The DAWG, BOB FM, The Planet, Magic 97.9, WKAZ, The Herald-Dispatch, WOWK, Marshall University and the College of Fine Arts.


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Marshall University graduate student selected to participate in prestigious fellowship program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Marshall University graduate student has been selected as a participant in the prestigious Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C.

Janet Fraser, a native of Burnaby, British Columbia, who is pursuing an M.S. degree in Technology Management, has been assigned to the Transportation Research Board, where she will conduct research on a variety of topics relating to transportation safety and emergency medical services.

She is the only one of the 26 fellows who was accepted without having completed an advanced degree.

"Janet is an ambitious and focused Technology Management student driven to excel in the field of transportation.  I have enjoyed working with her throughout her graduate program - she is a young woman to keep an eye on," said Dr. Tracy Christofero, program director for the Technology Management program at Marshall.

"Janet Fraser is an outstanding student who is already on the path to great success in the field of transportation," said Dr. Donna Spindel, dean of Marshall's Graduate College. "Her achievement is a testament to her own impressive abilities and to the fine faculty in Marshall University's Department of Technology Management."

Fraser also provided significant technical testimony at the Chemical Safety Board meeting in Institute, W.Va., in April on the 2008 Bayer CropScience pesticide waste tank explosion.


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Friday September 25, 2009
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Dedication of Marching Thunder band complex set for Oct. 2

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The new home of Marshall University's marching band, Marching Thunder, will be dedicated officially in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

Guests are invited to the multi-purpose field near the Cam Henderson Center on the Huntington campus to watch the band prepare for Saturday's homecoming game performance.

The ceremony will include words from Dr. Jeffrey Pappas, chair of the Department of Music; Dr. David Castleberry, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, speaking on behalf of Dean Donald Van Horn; President Stephen J. Kopp and Steve Barnett, director of bands.

"It will be a wonderful day because we are dedicating this marvelous space," Van Horn said. "Years ago, when the marching band was relatively small in number, the band room and Recital Hall in the Smith Music building were used for practice.  However, the band quickly outgrew those facilities."

Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

For more information contact Jaye Ike, Special Projects Coordinator for the College of Fine Arts, by phone at 304-696-3296 or by e-mail at jaye.ike@marshall.edu.


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Marshall test of MU Alert Emergency Messaging System

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University communications officials conducted a test of the MU Alert emergency messaging system at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.

 

Marshall community members who are subscribed to MU Alert are asked to be sure that they have received the message this morning. If a message has not been received by noon, please review your contact information in the myMU/MU Alert web interface. If this contact information was already correct, but a message was still not received, then please send an e-mail to mualert@marshall.edu with details on which contact method (text, email, voice) did not work as expected.


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Marshall University's Fall Career Expo set for Oct. 7

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Office of Career services' 2009 Fall Career Expo will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. All Marshall University students and alumni are invited to attend this bi-annual event.

More than 80 organizations are expected to attend, providing participants with full-time, part-time, internship and networking opportunities.

"Career fairs are a great way to connect with employers and give your job search a shot in the arm if you plan and prepare," Denise Hogsett, director of the Office of Career Services, said. "Maximize this career fair ex­perience by knowing your job interests, researching organizations in advance, asking questions and arranging interviews, among other things."

Participants are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their rsums. Members of the Career Services staff will be on hand to assist students in their preparation for the event with rsum workshops, mock interview opportunities and the printing of business cards for students.

"We also offer Fall Career Expo Preparation Workshops," Hogsett said. "In those workshops, we will help students learn how to target employers, develop their 30-second ads, and give them some networking tips. It's our goal to prepare students for a successful Career Expo."

The preparation workshop will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, one week before the Expo.

Employers and organizations scheduled to attend this year's event include AFLAC; Amazon.com; Ameri­can Electric Power; BB&T; Brayman Construction; Cabell Huntington Hospital; Charleston Area Medical Center; Cintas Corp. - Ashland; Dixon-Hughes; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Federated Insurance; Gibbons & Kawash, CPAs; Huntington Federal Savings Bank; Huntington Police Department; the Internal Revenue Ser­vice; Kroger Mid-Atlantic; Marshall University; Massey Coal Services, Inc.; Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Panhandle Support Services; Papa John's Pizza; Pepsi Bottling Group; Prestera Center; Rite Aid; Speedway SuperAmerica LLC; Target Corporation; Total Quality Logistics, Inc.; U.S. Department of State; Diplomatic Security; U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service; U.S. Peace Corps; Verizon Wireless; Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; West Virginia American Water; Workforce 2000; WSAZ-3; West Virginia Electric and a number of others.

Visit the Career Services Web site for a complete and updated list of all attending organizations.

For more information or assistance with Career Expo preparation, contact the Office of Career Services at 304-696-2370, stop by the office at 1681 5th Ave., next to the Harless Dining Hall, or visit its Web site at www.marshall.edu/career-services.


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'Traditions to Treasure' is theme of Homecoming 2009 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will celebrate Homecoming 2009 the week of Monday, Sept. 28 through Saturday, Oct. 3 with the theme of "Traditions to Treasure."

Former Thundering Herd star football player Troy Brown will be the grand marshal in the homecoming parade, which will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 beginning at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington.

In the homecoming football game, Marshall will take on the East Carolina Pirates in a Conference USA battle that begins at noon Saturday, Oct. 3 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

As always, homecoming will feature numerous activities throughout the week. Some of them include:

Monday, Sept. 28

Campus office staffs are invited to decorate their offices to show how the university gets into the spirit of homecoming. Prizes will be awarded at the Coaches' Breakfast at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2 at the Erickson Alumni Center.

The naming of the homecoming court will take place at noon on the Memorial Student Center plaza. In case it rains, activities will be moved inside the student center. The Marshall University Jazz Ensemble, which performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and France this past summer, will play on the plaza from noon to 1 p.m. 

Thursday, Oct. 1

Office decoration judging begins at noon.

The homecoming parade, sponsored by the Student Government Association, begins at 7 p.m. at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, then heads south to 4th Avenue, east to Hal Greer Boulevard, south to 5th Avenue and east to Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Marco, the Marshall cheerleaders, the Marching Thunder and dignitaries such as Brown and Jessi Pierson, Miss West Virginia USA and a December 2008 Marshall graduate, will be in the parade.

Friday, Oct. 2
Green and White Day

The first official Alumni Association event of homecoming weekend is the Coaches' Breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center. This event features a live radio broadcast that enables those attending the event as well as those listening to the broadcast to get to know some

of Marshall's coaches. The DAWG, 93.7 FM, will start broadcasting at 6 a.m. and coaches will join in throughout the broadcast.

A Parent and Family Weekend Open House will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the H.E.L.P. Center in Myers Hall.

The H.E.L.P. Program's annual golf scramble will be played at Riviera Country Club. The event features a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Contact Renna Moore at 304-696-6252 or visit www.marshall.edu/help for more information.

Parent and Family Weekend will have a First Year Residence Halls Open House from 3 to 4 p.m. in the lobbies of the North and South halls. Parents and families are invited to visit Marshall University's newest residence halls.

Registration for Black Alumni Inc. events is from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Pullman Plaza Hotel.

Parent and Family Weekend continues with a One Book Parent Discussion Group on My Sister's Keeper from 4 to 5 p.m. in the classroom on the first floor of the First Year Residence Hall (North).

The dedication of the Marching Thunder Band Complex will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Band Classroom in Cam Henderson Center, Level A, east end. A reception follows at 6:30 p.m.

The Parent and Family Weekend Picnic and Pep Rally is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Harless Dining Hall courtyard.

Marshall's Criminal Justice program will celebrate its 35th anniversary by inviting graduates of the program back for a celebration. Activities include a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center, Room BE5. A detailed schedule of events and hotel information is available at www.marshall.edu/criminal-justice.

A joint reception sponsored by Black Alumni Inc. and the MU Alumni Association in support of the Nate Ruffin Initiative will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Cooking and Culinary Institute at 937 3rd Ave. Cost is $20 per person. Call 304-696-2901 for reservations.

The MU Homecoming Concert/Marshall Artists Series Evening of Comedy with Mike Birbiglia of Comedy Central starts at 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Field House. Special reserved seating for active MUAA members is available. To order these special tickets, call the Marshall Box Office at 304-696-6656 and use the code MUalumni. These special tickets are $22 each.

Black Alumni Inc. Hospitality will take place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Pullman Plaza Hotel.

Saturday, Oct. 3

The Alumni 5K Run begins at 8 a.m. at Pullman Square in downtown Huntington. Call Sharon Stanton at 304-696-4REC for reservations, or visit www.marshallcampusrec.com.

The ROTC alumni homecoming tailgate reception is from 9 a.m. to noon at parking spot 56 on the West Lot at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Food and refreshments will be served. Red Dawson will attend and sign "We Are Marshall" DVDs while thanking Marshall alumni veterans for their service. For more information, contact Capt. Michael G. Armstrong at 304-696-6450 or e-mail him at Armstrong@marshall.edu.

The annual MU Black Alumni Inc. Business Meeting and Continental Breakfast is from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Memorial Student Center.

The Marshall Alumni Association and Black Alumni Inc. will hold a Brunch Under the Tent/Tailgate and Fish Fry at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 18th Street. Food, beverages, games and entertainment for the family will be featured. Cost is $15. Reservations may be made by calling 304-696-2901.

The Criminal Justice program will have a pre-game tailgate as part of its 35th anniversary celebration. The tailgate will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the parking lot across 3rd Avenue from Morrow Library.

The Parent and Family Weekend pre-game tailgate party will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 18th Street, next to the Henderson Center west stairs.

Post-game festivities

The Boogie Fever Post-Game Party for all Marshall alumni and friends will take place at Mac-Reedo's, located on the corner of 7th Avenue and 8th Street, immediately following the game until 11 p.m. Cost is $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door. Call 304-696-2901 to purchase tickets in advance. The party will feature entertainment, food, beer and soft drinks.

A reunion for those who were Greeks or friends of Greeks who went to The Varsity, The Union, The Castle, etc., between 1985 and 1995 will take place at the American Legion from 7 p.m. to midnight. Deejay Bill France, a PIKE alum, will be taking care of the music. Tickets are $25 for singles and $45 for couples. For more information, contact Delta Zeta alum Vicki Shelton Parrish at mrsvickiparrish@yahoo.com or log on to Facebook and search the group called "Marshall Greeks and Friends Reunion 1985-1995."

Black Alumni Inc. will have its Casino Royale/Dance Night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Pullman Plaza Hotel grand ballroom. DJ DelRay from Washington, D.C., will provide music. Visit www.muba-alumni.com for more information.


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Marshall research shows safe dosages of common pain reliever may help prevent muscle loss, other conditions related to aging

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Recent studies conducted by Dr. Eric Blough and his colleagues at Marshall University have shown that use of the common pain reliever acetaminophen may help prevent age-associated muscle loss and other conditions.

Their study examined how acetaminophen may affect the regulation of protein kinase B (Akt), an enzyme known to play an important role in regulation of cellular survival, proliferation and metabolism.

The researchers' data indicates that aging skeletal muscles experience a decrease in the proper functioning of the enzyme and that acetaminophen intervention in aged animals could be used to restore Akt activity to a level comparable to that seen in young animals. In turn, this improvement in Akt activity was associated with improvements in muscle cell size and decreased muscle cell death.

"Using a model that closely mimics many of the age-associated physiological changes observed in humans, we were able to demonstrate that chronic acetaminophen treatment in a recommended dosage is not only safe but might be beneficial for the treatment of the muscle dysfunction many people experience as they get older," said Blough, an associate professor in the university's Department of Biological Sciences.

The lab's work, which was published in the July 29 issue of the international research journal PLoS One, is the first study to show that acetaminophen ingestion, at least in animals, can be safely used for the treatment of age-related muscle loss. This finding could have far-reaching implications, given the fact that people age 65 and older make up the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population.

Additional research in their laboratory, which was published in the March issue of the journal Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews, demonstrates the medication may also be useful in diminishing the severity of age-associated hyperglycemia, commonly referred to as high blood sugar.

"It is thought that acetaminophen may exert its action by decreasing the amount of reactive oxygen species," explained Dr. Miaozong Wu, the lead author and a postdoctoral fellow in Blough's lab. "Given the finding that increases in reactive oxygen species may play a role in the development of several age-associated disorders, it is possible that acetaminophen could be used to treat many different types of conditions."

Dr. John Maher, vice president for research and executive director of the Marshall University Research Corporation, said, "These findings are yet another indication that Marshall's researchers are conducting vital research in areas of great importance to human health and safety. I could not be more pleased and wish Dr. Blough and his team continued success."

The research was supported with funding from McNeil Pharmaceutical.

According to Blough, scientists in his lab will now turn their attention to examining other physiological systems, such as the heart and blood vessels, to see if acetaminophen therapy might have similar benefits for people with cardiovascular disease.

For more information, contact Blough at blough@marshall.edu or call 304-696-2708.

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Photo: Dr. Eric Blough and his colleagues at Marshall University have shown that use of the common pain reliever acetaminophen may help prevent age-associated muscle loss and other conditions.


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President Kopp to deliver State of the University address at General Faculty meeting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp will deliver a State of the University address during the fall General Faculty meeting, which starts at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus.

The agenda includes:

  • Welcoming remarks by the Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Cam Brammer
  • Singing of the Star Spangled Banner by Dr. Larry Stickler
  • Announcements and the discussion of proposed amendments to The Constitution of the Marshall University Faculty by Dr. Brammer
  • Introduction of faculty representatives by Dr. Brammer
  • Introduction of new administrators by Provost Dr. Gayle Ormiston, and the introduction of 64 new faculty by Dr. Brammer and School of Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Dr. Robert C. Nerhood
  • A State of the Faculty address by Dr. Brammer
  • A State of the University address by University President, Dr. Stephen J. Kopp.

All faculty, staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend. After the meeting a reception to honor the new university personnel will be held in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

New faculty representatives to be introduced are: Advisory Council of Faculty (ACF), Dr. Chuck Bailey, and MU Board of Governors, Dr. Larry Stickler.

New administrative positions to be introduced are: Dr. Monica Brooks, assistant vice president for information technology, online learning and libraries; Dr. Rudy Pauley, associate vice president for outreach and continuing studies; Dr. Chong Kim, dean, Elizabeth McDowell Lewis College of Business; Dr. Gretchen Oley, interim dean, College of Health Professions; Dr. Charles Somerville, dean, College of Science; Dr. Donna Spindel, dean, Graduate College; Dr. Mary Todd, founding dean, University Honors College; Dr. David Castleberry, associate dean, College of Fine Arts; and Dr. Jamie Warner, associate dean, College of Liberal Arts.

New faculty to be introduced are:

  • College of Education & Human Services - Anthony Dixon and James Farmer
  • College of Fine Arts - Miyuki Akai Cook, Daniel Kaufmann, Natalie Larsen and Eric Ruegg
  • College of Health Professions - Muhammad Amjad, Susan Booton, Andrea Criss, Penny Daniels, Nancy Elkins, Klara Kovacs and Jeremy Mullins
  • College of Information Technology and Engineering - Paulus Wahjudi and Isaac Wait
  • College of Liberal Arts - Kevin Cline, Jamie Hickman-Weaver, Jane Hill, Nicholas Kelling, Cheryl Lentes, Genevieve Meyers, Cody Mullins, David Peavler, Rachel Peckham, Paula Sanchez-Rebollo, Anara Tabyshalieva, Jennifer Tiano, Cynthia Torppa  and Jill Treftz
  • College of Science - Leonard Hand, Derrick Kolling, Jeffrey Kovatch, Seungjin Lim, Carl Mummert, John Sammons and Suman Sanyal
  • Elizabeth McDowell Lewis College of Business - Rolland Fields and Doohee Lee
  • Marshall University Graduate College - Andrew Burck and Lori Ellison
  • W. Page Pitt School of Journalism & Mass Communications - Christine Ingersoll
  • Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine - Rene Battista, Vincent Battista, Amy Chambers, Holly Dudash, Holly Dyer, Carol Foster, Kausar Jabbar, Jung Han Kim, Benjamin Lafferty, Richard Matthews, Jeffrey Miles, Magdalena Muchlinski, Steven Novotny, Adenrele Olajide, Omolola Olajide, Peter Ottaviano, Eva Patton-Tackett, Sarah Price, Travis Salisbury, Rajesh Sehgal, Maria Serrat, Wei-ping Zeng and Margie Zdrojewski.

For more information on the General Faculty meeting, contact Bernice Bullock with the Faculty Senate at 304-696-4376.


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Smoke on the Water - A fundraiser to benefit the Marshall Artists Series will be held Saturday, October 10th from 3 - 8 p.m.

If you were asked to sample bourbons, beers and tasty grilled foods - all for a good cause, would that be enticing?  If so, then Smoke on the Water - A fundraiser to benefit the Marshall Artists Series is the event for you!  Smoke on the Water will be held at The Grover Farm - The beautiful riverside home of Carl and Annette Grover on Saturday, October 10th from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Limited space is available, so be sure to reserve your ticket today!

Guests will enjoy sumptuous grilled delights from area restaurants and local cooking enthusiasts, all designed to pair beautifully with the selection of beers that will be on hand for guests to try.  The setting - The Grover Farm - located at 7676 Ohio River Road in Lesage - is a destination itself, and will be the perfect setting for the inaugural Smoke on the Water event.  

You will not want to miss this extraordinary evening full of beer and bourbon sampling, music, games, and even the big game - Marshall vs. Tulane on the big screen. This event is part of the successful Kindred Spirits series of fundraisers benefitting the Marshall Artists Series. All Kindred Spirits fundraisers - including Smoke on the Water - have been spearheaded by Marshall Artists Series board member Terry Deppner-Hardin. Her efforts over the past few years have helped to raise much needed funds for the Marshall Artists Series, as well as creating unique events for our guests to enjoy.  Gather a group of friends and come on out to this one of a kind event and support the Marshall Artists Series all while having a blast! 

Wayne X-Press will provide optional round-trip shuttle transportation from both the West lot at MU's football stadium, as well as the YMCA's Kennedy Center on Rt. 2.  The shuttle transportation is free, but must be reserved in advance.  Guests may reserve the shuttle when purchasing tickets.

Tickets are $75 per person. A portion of your ticket is tax deductible.  Tickets may be purchased through the Marshall Artists Series box office, located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, or by calling (304) 696-6656 or (304) 523-5757. The box office is open Monday-Friday from noon -5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. Patrons can pick up tickets at any Ticketmaster outlet, as well as FYE in the Huntington Mall, and at Macy's in the Charleston Town Center.

Smoke on the Water is sponsored by Media Promotions Enterprises, Setzer's World of Camping, Wayne X-Press, La Fontaine's Tobacco and Wine Shop, WKEE, WTCR, B-97, WSAZ, The Herald-Dispatch, Pepsi, Big Sandy Superstore, Marshall University and the College of Fine Arts.


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Funds collected in fundraiser benefit Honaker ROTC Scholarship at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A recent fundraiser conducted by American Legion Post 16 on 6th Avenue in Huntington raised $1,150 to be donated to the Marshall University Foundation for the John J. Honaker Memorial ROTC Scholarship at Marshall. The money was raised at a spaghetti dinner at the Legion.

Honaker died in an automobile accident in summer 2000 just six months after being commissioned a second lieutenant in Marshall University's ROTC program. The scholarship was established in January 2001 in Honaker's memory. The recipient of the Honaker scholarship must be an outstanding ROTC Cadet at Marshall University.

The addition of the $1,150 from the fundraiser brings the endowed fund total to $4,650. Capt. Michael G. Armstrong with Marshall ROTC said the goal is to raise at least $350 more to bring the scholarship fund total to $5,000.

Contributions by check should be made payable to the Marshall University Foundation and earmarked for the John J. Honaker Memorial ROTC Scholarship. Checks may be mailed to Armstrong at 216 Gullickson Hall, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755.

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Photo: From left, Lance West, vice president for development with the Marshall University Foundation, Dr. Chong Kim, dean of Marshall's Lewis College of Business, Capt. Michael G. Armstrong with Marshall ROTC, and Dr. Dan Evans, a Marshall University biology professor and vice commander of American Legion Post 16, pose with an oversized check of $1,150 presented by Post 16 to the MU Foundation on Friday, Sept. 18.


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Half-hour video showcases professor's work



HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - It's the season for television premieres and Marshall University's cable channel 25 is having one of its own.

Marshall Journalism Professor Dan Hollis has won numerous awards for his videos showcasing some of the people, events and places of West Virginia.  Now he has put clips of several of those videos together in a retrospective commemorating his first 10 years at Marshall.

The 30-minute show titled "A Collection" will air on Comcast Channel 25 at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday after "We Are Marshall Today" starting Monday, Sept. 21.

"We just thought it would be a fun thing to do, to go back and look at some of my favorite stories," Hollis said. "I certainly had fun remembering some of those times and people as I put this show together."

Some of the clips included in the showcase are the winning moment of the 1999 Mid-American Conference championship football game, a look at Bridge Day and the most recent video about this spring's Vandalia Gathering.


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New Parthenon Web site debuts Monday, Sept. 21

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A software upgrade for the Web site of The Parthenon, Marshall University's student newspaper, will go live Monday, Sept. 21. 

"This upgrade will give the site video capability on the Web," said Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications. "Our students will be able to participate fully in the new media, which often combine the written word, video, audio and graphics."

Parthenon Executive Editor Kyle Hobstetter, a senior from Portsmouth, Ohio, said the Web site basically has been overhauled.

"The new-looking site will give the Marshall University community, including current and prospective students, along with alumni, a new way to receive their Marshall news," Hobstetter said. "We'll mix the best of all student media, whether it's video, text, pictures or audio, to create a brand new experience for anyone using The Parthenon Web site."

The site will include "a goody bag of information," Hobstetter said, including links to sports, news and videos.

"It'll be much easier to navigate," he said. "Overall, the design is more professional. Students will have a chance to share their voice in video blogs and we'll have breaking news videos."

Hobstetter said The Parthenon, for the first time ever, now has a Web site editor. He is Solomon Fizer, a junior broadcast major.

The Parthenon publishes five days a week, Monday through Friday. Visit the newspaper's Web site at www.marshallparthenon.com.


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Huntington freshman is first winner of O'Hanlon essay competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University today announced the first winners of the 2009 Dan O'Hanlon Constitution Week and John Marshall Celebration Essay Competition during a news conference in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Aaron N. Preece, a freshman History major from Huntington, took first place and will receive $1,500. The second-place winner was Katherine Nicole Bush, a junior Forensic Chemistry major from Huntington, and she will receive $750.

The new essay competition, announced in June, pays tribute to former Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall and local Circuit Court Judge Dan O'Hanlon. It was created with a $50,000 anonymous donation, and its purpose is to encourage Marshall University undergraduate students to study the historical and contemporary significance of the Constitution of the United States of America and the effect the Marshall court had in establishing the importance of the Supreme Court.

The topic of the 2009 essay was as follows: Free speech in the "marketplace of ideas" is a cherished but much debated right in this society. Nowhere is it deemed more valuable, constructive and necessary than on a university campus. Should colleges and universities be allowed to place restrictions on what is reasonable speech for faculty?

Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of Marshall's College of Liberal Arts, said he is excited that Marshall University is honoring the Constitution and John Marshall through this exercise.

"I was greatly impressed with the work of the two students who won the awards and the others who submitted essays," Pittenger said. "We are looking forward to lively competition for next year and are hopeful more students from more colleges will submit essays. It is important to reward student civic engagement by studying this essential document that defines our government."

Preece said he is honored to receive the first Dan O'Hanlon essay contest award.

"I was surprised that I won for I found the essay to be quite challenging to write," Preece said. "Also, I have never written an essay of the caliber required before."

Preece said he originally attempted to write the essay from information online, but found it lacking.

"I visited the Drinko Library and there, Jennifer Sias (associate professor/information literacy librarian) introduced me to the databases available on campus," he said. "I found these to be very useful, and the information was of very high quality. This wealth of sources greatly helped me in my essay." 

The announcement today of the essay winners was part of the University's Constitution Week activities, which continue through Sept. 24.
 

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Photo: Judge Dan O'Hanlon, middle, poses with Marshall University students Katherine Nicole Bush, left, and Aaron N. Preece during a ceremony today in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus. Preece took first place and Bush was the second-place winner in the Dan O'Hanlon Constitution Week and John Marshall Celebration Essay Competition.
 


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Comedy Central's Mike Birbiglia will bring humor to homecoming weekend

The Marshall Artists Series, MU's Student Activities Programming Board and Marshall University's  Alumni Association are teaming up to bring Comedy Central's Mike Birbiglia  and his "I'm in the Future Also" tour to the Veterans Memorial Field House at 8 p.m.,  Friday, Oct. 2.  Marshall University's 2009 Homecoming theme - Traditions to Treasure - is especially fitting this year, as the tradition of having a concert for Homecoming weekend will be revived with the Mike Birbiglia show. 

Gaining a dedicated fan base with his hilarious personal blog "My Secret Public Journal," Mike Birbiglia starred in three Comedy Central Presents specials and grabbed attention with the release of his CD "Two Drink Mike" in 2006. The self-proclaimed "awkward" guy continued his success with a slice-of-life Off-Broadway show, "Sleepwalk With Me," which chronicles his quirky tales of near-death sleepwalking, breakups and denial. His storytelling stand-up style has gained him praise as a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated "The Bob and Tom Radio Show" and National Public Radio's "This American Life." Hailed as one of comedy's most prominent fresh talents, Birbiglia is among the youngest comedians to appear on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and he has also been featured on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

"I'm in the Future Also" will feature Birbiglia's blunt honesty about embarrassing and awkward moments in his life. He relays simple jokes in a conversational style, drawing in audiences who can identify with his casual reflections on humorous moments. He will pull material from his blog, which was also released as a CD, "My Secret Public Journal Live." The web diary details Birbiglia's childhood stories with his easygoing wit.

"He is a man whose stage persona an affable, self-deprecating everyman who consistently gets into awkward situations and invariably says the wrong thing seems to be his real personality," said the New York Times.  The New York Post says "This clever New York comedian is on the cusp of comic greatnesshis observations on life- and panda bears- have created a cult following. With lines wrapped around the block for Birbiglia's shows. Soon it will be impossible to see this funnyman." 

Tickets are $22. Tickets may be purchased through the Marshall Artists Series box office, located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, or by calling (304) 696-6656 or (304) 523-5757. Patrons can also visit www.marshallartistsseries.org for ticket information. The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster location, including online at www.ticketmaster.com. Patrons can also pick up tickets at FYE stores in the Huntington Mall and Ashland Town Center or the Macy's in the Charleston Town Center.

Mike Birbiglia's "I'm in the Future Also" is also sponsored by CSX Transportation, American Electric Power, Dr. Phil Zambos, WKEE, WAMX, The DAWG, BOB FM, The Planet, Magic 97.9, WKAZ, The Herald-Dispatch, WOWK, Marshall University and the College of Fine Arts.


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Marshall art professor chosen for exhibition in Wisconsin

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Daniel Kaufmann, a photographer who just joined the art and design faculty in Marshall University's College of Fine Arts, has been chosen to participate in Residual Reality, an exhibition at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The exhibition began Sept. 10 and will continue through Oct. 1.

"Residual Reality" presents photo collages, virtual environments, sculptures and video installations. It highlights artists such as Robert Heinecken, Joyce Neimanas and Ken Josephson, who are not photographers in the traditional sense but rather artists who used photographs to make art and invented visual images that are not documents of the world. While they do deal with existence and observation of the concrete, they use photography in ways that challenge process, rules and forms.

"Participating in the Residual Reality exhibition has been a wonderful opportunity for me, as an artist who enjoys pushing the boundaries of photography," Kaufmann said. "The range of participants in the exhibition represents artists who have challenged the medium of photography from the 1960s to the present."

Originally from north Florida, Kaufmann received his B.S. from Florida State University and his M.F.A. in Photography from the University of New Mexico. His most recent work explores the relationships among living spaces, construction of identity and consumerism. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Pingyao Photography Festival in China. 

"We're excited to bring someone of Daniel Kaufmann's caliber to the Department of Art and Design at Marshall University," said Byron Clercx, chair of Marshall's Department of Art and Design. "This rich exhibition features nationally renowned photographers with emerging new voices in the field, like Kaufmann's. Daniel's highly detailed photographs of domestic spaces challenge viewers to reconsider how (their) identity is constructed through metaphoric and material objects."

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Photos: (Left) Daniel Kaufmann, a new faculty member in the College of Fine Arts, has been chosen to participate in an exhibition at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His project was titled "House Home" and each individual image was numbered, such as (Right) "House Home #5."


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West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to convene at Marshall University as part of Constitution Week

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will observe Constitution Week 2009 with a variety of events on its Huntington campus, including the annual quoits tournament, a session by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the celebration of John Marshall's 254th birthday.

Although Constitution Week officially runs from Thursday, Sept. 17 (Constitution Day) through Thursday, Sept. 24 (John Marshall's birthday), the university has scheduled events from Monday, Sept. 14 through Sept. 24. The Supreme Court will convene at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center and hear arguments on the following cases:

  • State of West Virginia v. John R. Mullens; State of West Virginia v. Linda S. Sigler aka Linda S. Mullens

  • Charleston Town Center Co., LP v. The West Virginia HRC and Steven and Cynthia Bumpus; Charleston Town Center Co., LP v. The West Virginia HRC and August Robinson

  • State of West Virginia v. Michael E. Martin

  • State of West Virginia v. Ronnie Allen Rush

The roster and briefs for this session are posted on the Supreme Court's Web site - http://www.state.wv.us/wvsca/calendar/sept22_09ad.htm.

"It's an opportunity for people of our community, both on campus and off, to see the most important state court in operation," said Dr. Alan Gould, executive director of Marshall's John Deaver Drinko Academy, which sponsors Constitution Week activities at MU. "Also, the docket this year for the fall session contains some very interesting, if not significant, cases to be heard."

Gould said some new events have been added to the Constitution Week agenda at Marshall. The first of those is the presenting of the winners of the first Dan O'Hanlon Constitution Week and John Marshall Celebration Essay Competition at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 in the John Marshall Dining Room, located on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center.

Next is a panel discussion titled "Blogging and the potential limits of the First Amendment," moderated by Chief Justice Brent Benjamin. It begins at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center and is open to the public. Members of the panel include:

Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Washington, D.C.; Gene Policinski, vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University; Howard J. Bashman, an appellate attorney in suburban Philadelphia who has a blog, howappealinglaw.com; Kevin Qualls, attorney and Professor of Media Law at Murray State University in Kentucky; and Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of Marshall's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

The panel discussion will be streamed live on Marshall University's Web site (www.marshall.edu) and televised live on Comcast Channel 25.

Another new event, "Congress on Campus," features former Congressmen Dawson Mathis, a Democrat from Georgia, and Ed Foreman, a Republican from Texas. Mathis and Foreman will be on campus Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Thursday, Sept. 24, meeting with various student groups, including political organizations and honoraries.

Dr. Marybeth Beller, chair of Marshall University's Department of Political Science, said they also will visit two or three classrooms.

"The Congressmen are still very much involved in civic events," Beller said. "They travel the country to talk about civic engagement. The reason they come together is they want to make students aware of how precious our democracy is, and that it only works if people participate and communicate to their elected officials. Their message is about becoming an active citizen. They talk to people about being engaged in their government."

Traditional Constitution Week events begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14 with "An introduction to the game of quoits" on the west end of Buskirk Field. Quoits is an ancient and little-known sport related to horseshoe pitching that dates back to the early days of Olympic discus throwers. Quoits are donut shaped and as literature from the Drinko Academy relates, "If you can play horseshoes, you can play quoits." Gould said quoits was John Marshall's favorite game.

Teams are forming now to play in a quoits tournament that begins Tuesday, Sept. 15 and concludes Thursday, Sept. 17. Marshall University faculty, staff and students may participate, and the deadline for team registration is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. For more information, visit www.marshall.edu/recsport/intramural.htm.

The President's Invitational Quoits Media Challenge, featuring Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and members of the media, will take place at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. That event will be preceded at 11 a.m. by the cutting of the John Marshall Birthday Cake on the Memorial Student Center plaza.


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Autism Society of America - West Virginia Chapter Conference theme is 'Climbing Mountains to Inclusion'



HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
- The Autism Society of America - West Virginia Chapter (ASA-WV) 2009 Conference will take place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18 and 19, at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington. Pre-conference workshops are planned for Thursday, Sept. 17.

Hosts of the conference are the Huntington Area Autism Society, the Autism Services Center and the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University. The theme of the conference is "Climbing Mountains to Inclusion."

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others (Autism Society of America, 2009).

"With the alarming increases in the prevalence of this syndrome, there is a great need for information for families, educators and the community," said Barbara Becker-Cottrill, chair of the conference and executive director of the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University. "This conference will offer state of the art information about educating individuals with autism and great insight about living with this syndrome."

Pre-conference workshop topics include Early Intervention and Autism, with Jim Ball, Autism and Comprehensive Program Planning, with Shawn Henry, and Autism and Self-advocacy, with Stephen Shore.

The keynote speaker on Friday morning, Sept. 18 is Paula Kluth, a national expert on working with students with autism in inclusive settings, and the author of several nationally acclaimed books and films on the topic. A variety of sessions for parents and educators and others interested in learning more about autism will be held throughout the afternoon. These sessions will be conducted by recognized authorities in their topic areas from West Virginia.

Saturday's keynote speaker will be Stephen Shore.  As a child, Shore was diagnosed with "Atypical Development with strong autistic tendencies." Doctors recommended that he be institutionalized to receive the best treatment. Today, he is a professor at Adelphi University in New York, teaching courses on autism. Shore is an international speaker on autism and spoke at the United Nations on World Autism Awareness Day in April.

The conference will conclude on Saturday with a panel of individuals on the autism spectrum who will discuss their experiences living with autism.

"This conference will be an exceptional learning opportunity for families, educators, individuals with autism spectrum disorders and anyone who would like to learn about autism," Becker-Cottrill said. "Paula Kluth is a dynamic speaker who believes all people with autism can thrive and learn. Her presentation will highlight what she continues to learn from individuals with autism themselves." 

On Saturday, Shore will share his experiences growing up with autism, highlighting how he met the challenges, Becker-Cottrill said.

"He serves to remind us all that with a dedicated support system in place and hard work and determination, people on the autism spectrum can live high quality lives and be valued contributing members of society," she said. "If you hear both of these speakers, and the many other session speakers, you will truly be inspired."

The conference logo was developed by Misho Bills of Huntington, a 16-year-old artist with autism.

"Our logo is a great example of the many talents of our citizens with autism," Becker-Cottrill said. "Misho has many gifts and talents."

Online registration is at www.regonline.com/asawv2009. Registration is also available at the door.  For more information about the conference or the Autism Society of America - West Virginia Chapter, call 304-696-2332 or e-mail beckerco@marshall.edu.

 

Conference schedule

Pre-conference Workshop Day
Thursday, Sept. 17

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., workshops:

  • Early Intervention and Autism, Jim Ball
  • Comprehensive Educational Planning for Students with Autism, Shawn Henry
  • Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum: A Lifespan Approach, Stephen Shore

Friday, Sept. 18

7 a.m. - Registration opens

7:30 a.m. - Exhibition/Vendor Room opens (Autism bookstore will be in the lobby on the second floor).

8:30 a.m. - Opening remarks

9 a.m. - Paula Kluth, keynote speaker: "We Thought You'd Never Ask: Voices From The Spectrum"

10:30 a.m. - Break

10:45 a.m. - Paula Kluth continues

11:45 a.m. - Break

Noon - ASA-West Virginia business meeting and lunch

1:30 p.m. - Concurrent sessions (topic areas):

  • Sensory that Makes Sense - Susan McKinley
  • Learning the Signs: Identifying the Early Indicators of Autism - Gloria Sage
  • Civil Rights that Protect People with Disabilities - David Stewart
  • Play and Autism - Erin Lash

2:45 p.m. - Break

3 p.m. - Concurrent sessions:

  • Building a Social Skills Club: A Pilot Project with The Break Ins - Peggy Hovatter, Andrew Nelson and the Rev. Richard Work, Jr.
  • Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Life After High School - Jimmie Beirne
  • Autism Treatment 101: ABA and Autism - Dr. Susannah Poe
  • What to Expect When Your Child Has Challenging Behavior - Dr. Jennifer McFarland-Whisman

4:15 p.m. - Adjourn

6:30 p.m. - ASA-West Virginia Awards Dinner Banquet, featuring stand-up comedy and dancing

Saturday, Sept. 19

7:30 a.m. - Registration and Exhibition area (including Autism bookstore) open

9 a.m. - Stephen Shore, keynote speaker: "Life on and Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum: An Inside View Towards Success"

10:30 a.m. - Break

10:45 a.m. - Panel of people on the Autism Spectrum

Noon - Adjourn


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West Virginia professor's art on display beginning Sept. 14


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
Symbiosis, an exhibit of artwork by Erika Osborne, will be displayed at the Birke Art Gallery on the Huntington campus of Marshall University through Oct. 8.

The show opens with a reception in the gallery on Monday evening, Sept. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. Osborne will give a lecture concerning her work at 7 p.m. 

Osborne's artwork deals directly with cultural connections to place and environment.  She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, locally, nationally and internationally. Her work has been highlighted in regional publications along with national art magazines such as Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine.

Osborne received her B.F.A. from the University of Utah in painting and drawing and her M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico. As well as being a practicing artist, Osborne has dedicated herself to university-level art education.  Before accepting a position in the Division of Art and Design at West Virginia University in 2008, she taught environmentally based field courses at the University of New Mexico. Osborne has developed two similarly driven courses at West Virginia University titled Art and Environment and Place: Appalachia, which she teaches in addition to painting and drawing. 

Birke Art Gallery, located in Smith Hall, is open Mondays through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information contact Jaye Ike, Special Projects Coordinator for Marshall's College of Fine Arts, by phone at 304-696-3296 or by e-mail at jaye.ike@marshall.edu.


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'Thunder in the Mountains' features golf, music and food in conjunction with Marshall game at Virginia Tech

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Thunder in the Mountains," a weekend of golf, music and food, is planned Friday and Saturday in conjunction with Marshall University's football game at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

The events are sponsored by the Roanoke, Va., Alumni Club, the Marshall University Alumni Association and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation. The Thundering Herd plays the Hokies at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium.

The special events begin Friday, Sept. 11 with a golf scramble at The Meadows Golf and Country Club located at 1111 Round Meadow Dr. in Christiansburg, Va. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament begins with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

The cost is $60 per person or $240 per team. Lunch and drinks are included and prizes will be awarded for the longest drive, longest putt, closest to the pin and first-, second- and third-place teams.

For those not interested in golf, New Dimensions Salon and Day Spa is offering spa packages at a special rate. Persons may call 540-394-4040, ask for Ryane and tell her they are with the Marshall University Alumni Association to receive special packages.

The Hokie-Thunder Tailgate will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday on Main Street in Christiansburg. The event features music, fun and sportsmanship. THE WORX, a favorite local band, will be playing along with other entertainment. The cost is $5 per person or $50 for a table that includes six block party tickets.

On game day, a tailgate party begins at 11:30 a.m. next to Cassell Coliseum, just a short walk from Lane Stadium on the Virginia Tech campus.

For more information or to make reservations for the golf tournament, a reserved table at Friday's Hokie-Thunder Tailgate or Saturday's tailgate party, call the Marshall University Alumni Office at 800-682-5869 or 304-696-2901.


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Marshall community to observe minute of silence Friday, Sept. 11

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Members of the Marshall University community are being asked to observe a minute of silence at 8:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in observance of the 8th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. The time was chosen to coincide with the approximate time of the attacks in 2001.

In Huntington, the campus bells will toll nine times, pause, then toll another eleven times to commemorate the month and day.

Of particular significance to Marshall University is the memory of Dr. Paul W. Ambrose, a graduate of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, who was aboard American Airlines Flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Dr. Ambrose was at the time of his death senior clinical advisor with the office of the U.S. Surgeon General in Washington, D.C. He was the son of Dr. Kenneth Paul Ambrose, professor emeritus of sociology/anthropology at Marshall, and Sharon Ambrose, former chief operating officer at St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington.


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Marshall's annual Day of Service is Saturday, Sept. 12

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Student Affairs and Student Government Association are sponsoring the university's annual Day of Service, an organized cleanup of the Huntington campus and the community, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12

UNI 101 and Honors 101 classes, along with student organizations, will participate, along with faculty and staff wanting to get involved in the cleanup.

"Day of Service is the perfect opportunity for students, faculty, staff and the community to show their pride in Marshall University and the Huntington area," said Lisa Martin, coordinator of the event. "We have a variety of tasks from picking up trash to washing cars to raise funds for the United Way to creating get-well cards for hospitalized children. This event will help those who participate realize the importance of giving back to the community."  

Below is a list of projects, many off campus, for people to participate in on the Day of Service.

  • Huntington Community Gardens needs 25 people to weed, work on compost bins and waste center and various other manual tasks. People will meet at the Barnett Center at 1524 10th Ave. and will be dispersed from there to various other sites.

  • The MU Greenhouse directed by Marcia Harrison needs five people to clean up storage areas and clutter around the site.

  • Habitat for Humanity is looking for five people to participate in a build. They will meet at a specified site and need to call Nikki at 304-523-4822 two days in advance to verify the site.

  • The MU Child Development Academy located at 520 22nd St. needs approximately 22 people to shovel and spread mulch in the playground area, wipe down and disinfect chairs in a classroom, and various other tasks in the academy. 

  • Ebenezer Community Outreach Center located at 1660 8th Ave. needs 10 people to pull weeds around playgrounds, plant, and mulch.

  • Goodwill needs five people to work in the main office and in the store both in the Huntington and Barboursville locations.

  • Enslow needs approximately 10 people to weed around the Little League field.

  • Career Services at Marshall University needs one class of students to wash automobiles. Proceeds will benefit the United Way.

  • Marshall University needs an unlimited amount of people to write letters for St. Jude's Hospital. Students will have the opportunity to send letters out to their friends and family members asking them if they would like to help fight childhood cancer by donating to St. Jude. St. Jude will provide the written letters and students will fill out the names and addresses. The goal for the Huntington campus is to complete 1,000 letters. Participants will need to bring a list of addresses of people they know and will also be making get-well cards for the children in the hospital. They will meet in the Don Morris room, located on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center.

  • Hospitality House located at 2801 South Staunton Rd. will need an unlimited amount of people for miscellaneous projects.

Student Affairs and the SGA are currently accepting names and addresses for the St. Jude's letter writing campaign. Names and addresses may be submitted to Amy Saunders at saunde22@marshall.edu through Thursday.

Day of Service registration begins at 9 a.m. on the Memorial Student Center plaza. A cookout for all participants will take place on the plaza following the service projects, and the Marshall-Virginia Tech football game will be shown on TVs inside the student center beginning at 1:30 p.m.


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Pets and Things is first winner of Marshall's Green Fridays business contest

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  - The first winner of the Green Fridays business contest sponsored by Marshall University is Pets and Things, located at 100 8th Ave. W. in Huntington.

The business was chosen on Friday, Sept. 4 from nearly 40 that registered for the Green Fridays business contest. The employees of local businesses and the entire Marshall community are encouraged to wear green on Fridays and show their support for the university throughout the promotion. The contest recognizes a business each Friday before a home football game and is still open for registration.

Pets and Things received four tickets to the Marshall football game with Southern Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 5; recognition in The Parthenon, Marshall University's student newspaper; and recognition on the video board during the football game. Prizes also were given to all of their employees.

The next home game is Saturday, Sept. 19 against Bowling Green State University.

For more information on the contest, persons may contact Mallory Jarrell at 304-696-3490 or by e-mail at haye1@marshall.edu.

 

 

Photo: Employees of Pets and Things, along with three Marshall University cheerleaders, pose outside their business in Huntington. Pets and Things is the first winner of the Green Fridays business contest, sponsored by Marshall University.


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Huntington Alert - All Clear



The traffic closure and shelter in place related to the earlier contained chemical leak has now ended. All clear.
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Clay Center to host lunchtime seminar on plesiosaurs presented by Marshall University professor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As a complement to the Clay Center's giant screen film, "Sea Monsters," Dr. F. Robin O'Keefe, a professor at Marshall University, will present a lunchtime lecture Wednesday called "Plesiosaurs: In the Field and in the Lab."

O'Keefe, a paleontologist whose research on plesiosaurs has taken him around the globe in search of these prehistoric creatures, will give the talk beginning at 12:15 p.m. in the Art Gallery at the Clay Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Most recently, O'Keefe was credited with the discovery of a new plesiosaur, Tatenectes laramiensis, a type of marine animal that lived during the late Jurassic age when large dinosaurs, including apatosaurus, stegosaurus and allosaurus, roamed the Earth. O'Keefe made the discovery in what is now the Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming.

His research was made possible by a $14,000 grant from National Geographic. O'Keefe will submit his study to National Geographic and, because the fossil was discovered on public lands, it will end up in the Smithsonian Institution.
 


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Twelve Marshall University psychology majors spending a year in Europe as part of Atlantis program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Twelve Marshall University psychology majors departed this week for a year of study in Europe as participants in the U.S. Department of Education's Atlantis Dual Degree Exchange Program.

Following a semester at the University of Debrecen in Hungary, the students will spend the spring semester at the Warsaw (Poland) School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

"The students will receive not only their Marshall degrees, but they will also be able to earn a second B.A. degree from one of the European schools," said Dr. Joe Wyatt, a Marshall University professor in the Department of Psychology and the project's director.

The students are: Stacey Smith of Kenova; William Graham of Falling Waters; Luana Sizemore of Clay; Margaret Stephens of Leon; Cody Collins of Huntington; Pat Eckert of Daphney, Ala.; Crystal Woody of Oak Hill; Catrese Thomason of St. Albans; Christina Meade of Huntington; Kimberly White of Harts, Alex Mull of Glen Dale and Owen West of Nelsonville, Ohio.

Four students from the University of Debrecen are attending Marshall University this semester as part of the Atlantis program. They are Marta Jozsa, Andrea Kezer, Barbara Pete and Veronika Takacs.

Since 2007, 23 Marshall students have studied or are studying at the two partner schools, including the 12 who recently headed to Europe. During that time, 12 students from each partner school in Europe have attended, or are attending, Marshall University.

The dual degree program in psychology, announced in December 2006, was created thanks to a $1.27 million European Union-United States Atlantis grant. The grant was the first of its kind for Marshall University and the state of West Virginia. It funds collaborative efforts to develop programs of study leading to joint or dual undergraduate degrees.

"The program has been highly successful so far," Wyatt said. "Every student in the program is progressing toward earning the dual degrees, and one has completed the program.  He is Matt McGuire of Cross Lanes, West Virginia."

For more information, contact Wyatt at 304-696-2778.

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Photo: Pictured from left to right are Marshall students  Stacey Smith of Kenova; William Graham of Falling Waters; Luana Sizemore of Clay; Margaret Stephens of Leon; Cody Collins of Huntington; Pat Eckert of Daphney, Ala.; Crystal Woody of Oak Hill; Catrese Thomason of St. Albans; Christina Meade of Huntington; Kimberly White of Harts, Alex Mull of Glen Dale and Owen West of Nelsonville, Ohio. The students are spending a year in Europe as participants in the U.S. Department of Education's Atlantis Dual Degree Exchange Program.


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Automobiles must be removed from West Lot

The West Lot at Joan C. Edwards Stadium needs to be cleared of all automobiles this evening, or at the latest by 9 a.m. Saturday, according to Jim Terry, Director of Public Safety. Terry said towing will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday if automobiles remain in the lot. Marshall plays its first football game of the season Saturday and the West Lot is needed for game parking.

 

 


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The wait is over! Individual tickets to all Marshall Artists Series 2009-2010 events will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 8th at noon!  From Jean-Michel Cousteau's wondrous Ocean Adventure, to Tony-Award winning Broadway musicals full of toe tapping tunes, Michael Flatley's renowned Lord of the Dance, to a homecoming event like no other, the Marshall Artists Series has prepared a fantastic season with events for everyone! Get your tickets now!

 

Homecoming will be hilarious as MU's Alumni Office, MU's Student Activities Programming Board, and the Marshall Artists Series team up to bring Comedy Central's Mike Birbiglia to the Veterans Memorial Field House just in time for homecoming, on Friday, October 2, 2009 at 8 p.m.  Birbiglia achieved cult status with the release of his Comedy Central CD "Two Drink Mike," and the accompanying "Medium Man on Campus" college tour. He just finished a successful run off Broadway with his show "Sleepwalk with Me."  Mike is a talk show regular, the star of two Comedy Central Presents specials and broadcasts to millions on the nationally-syndicated "Bob & Tom Radio Show." Mike Birbiglia is also sponsored by CSX Transportation and AEP and Dr. Phil Zambos, WKEE, WAMX, Herald-Dispatch, WOWK, Marshal University, and the College of Fine Arts.  Tickets are $22.

 

Chesapeake Energy invites you to take a deep sea adventure with the son of the legendary ocean explorer, Jacques Cousteau.  Jean-Michel Cousteau, marine explorer, filmmaker, environmental advocate and educator brings- The Great Ocean Adventure -to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 7 p.m.  In this multimedia "great ocean adventure," Cousteau will share his stories, photographs and videos from over 40 years of studying the world under the sea. Patrons of all ages will experience delight and awe as he fills the theater with ocean life, inspiring our audience to protect this precious resource. The Great Ocean Adventure's Educational Outreach sponsors include: The Cabell County Commission, Dr. Stephen Nicholas, Trainer Wright & Paterno, Delegate Kevin Craig, McVay Realty, WV Dept. of Education & the Arts Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary, WKEE, WVHU, WTCR, WSAZ, Herald-Dispatch, Marshall University, and the College of Fine Arts A.  Adult Tickets are $50/ $45/ $40.

 

The Law Office of Doug Reynolds, American Babbitt Bearing, Pritchard Electric, and Chapman Printing Company present Broadway's smash hit Avenue Q on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 8 p.m., at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Winner of Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book at the 2004 Tony Awards, Avenue Q is a hilarious show full of heart and hummable tunes about trying to make it in New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. Called "one of the funniest shows you're ever likely to see," Avenue Q features a cast of people and puppets who tell the story in a smart, risqu and downright entertaining way. Avenue Q is recommended for ages 13 and up.  Sponsored by WKEE, WTCR, WOWK, The Herald-Dispatch, Marshall University, and the College of Fine Arts.  Adult Tickets are $55/ $50/ $45.

 

Ring-a ding-ding in the holiday season as The Rat Pack is Back! - Here for the Holidays comes to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Monday, November 30, 2009 at 8 p.m.  The swingin', free-wheelin' and festive sounds of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop will certainly get you in the mood for the holiday season! The Rat Pack is Back - Here for the Holdays features uncanny vocal recreations, unbridled humor, and a hot, live orchestra featuring the original Rat Pack arrangements that will send the audience back to the coolest time in history.  The Rat Pack is Back Here for the Holidays is sponsored by Huntington Federal, Boggs Roofing, Verizon, Neighborgall Construction, Air Systems Inc., Kendall York Dentistry, WKEE, WVHU, WSAZ, The Herald-Dispatch, Marshall University, and the College of Fine Arts.  Adult Tickets are $55/ $50/ $45.

 

Cabell Huntington Hospital proudly presents CATS in its first appearance at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Monday and Tuesday, February 8 & 9, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, CATS is the longest running show in Broadway's history and features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber's timeless melodies including the hit "Memory."  There's no better way to introduce your family to the wonders of live theatre than with the magic, the mystery and the memory of CATS! CATS is also sponsored by Heiner's Bakery, The Touma Foundation, University Physicians & Surgeons, WV Higher Education Policy Commission, WV Department of Education, WKEE, B-97 The Herald-Dispatch, WSAZ, Marshall University, and the College of Fine Arts.  Adult Tickets for CATS are $55/ $50/ $45.

 

Celebrate the first lady of television in An Evening with Lucille Ball: "Thank You for Asking" directed by Lucie Arnaz, Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. This touching, funny and uplifting play is written and performed by actress and renowned impressionist, Suzanne LaRousch, in association with Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill. The evening recreates the comic genius and the magic behind the "Queen of Comedy". Lucy guides us through a lifetime of personal memories inspiring her timeless sketches on "I Love Lucy, her 30-year television career and never-before heard personal recollections about her tempestuous and complicated marriage to Cuban bandleader turned impresario, Desi Arnaz.  An Evening with Lucille Ball: "Thank You for Asking" is sponsored by First Sentry Bank, Farrell Farrell & Farrell, Dr. Jeff & Mrs. Brooke Leaberry, WKEE, WSAZ, The Herald-Dispatch, Marshall University, and the College of Fine Arts. Adult Tickets are $55/ $50/ $45.

 

St. Mary's Medical Center and HIMG are proud to present Mozart's Masterpiece Don Giovanni, with 30 piece orchestra, on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Hailed by many as the greatest of all operas, Don Giovanni is based on the true-life escapades of Don Juan of Seville, an aristocratic lothario who lived during the 1600s.  The full-scale production features beautiful sets and costumes and a cast of soloists who are excellent actors as well as first class singers. Don Giovanni is performed in original Italian with English supertitles.  Don Giovanni is also sponsored by WKEE, WOWK, The Herald-Dispatch, Marshall University, and the College of Fine Arts. Adult Tickets are $55/ $50/ $45.

 

Beford Auto is proud to present Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm bringing a mesmerizing blend of traditional and modern Celtic music and dance to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "a showpiece extravaganza," the story is based upon mythical Irish folklore as Don Dorcha - Lord of Darkness, challenges the ethereal Lord of Light - The Lord of the Dance.  Battle lines are drawn, passions ignite and a love story is fueled by the dramatic leaps and turns of dancers' bodies against a backdrop of Celtic rhythm. Described by The New York Post as "fascinating and entertaining!" Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance is also sponsored by City National Bank, WV Lottery, Huntington Testing & Technology, River Cities Anesthesia, WKEE, WTCR, WOWK, The Herald-Dispatch, Marshall University, and COFA. Adult Tickets are $55/ $50/ $45.

 

As if that isn't enough excitement, don't miss the Fall and Spring International Film Festivals!  The Marshall Artists Series makes it their goal to bring world renowned and critically acclaimed films from all over the world to the big screen of the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center.  Film show times vary. The Fall and Spring International Film Festivals are sponsored by BB & T, Hooters, Cabell Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau, WKEE, WVHU, The Herald-Dispatch, Marshall University, and the College of Fine Arts. Season passes are available in advance for $70. Individual tickets are not sold in advance; rather, they are available at the theatre 15 minutes prior to each film and are $7 per film. 

 

The Fall International Film Festival will be held November 6 8, 2009 at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center and will feature the following films:

 

Food Inc. (USA) Documentary film maker Robert Kenner uses reports by Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser, and The Omnivore's Dilemma author Michael Pollan as a springboard to exploring where the food we purchase at the grocery store really comes from, and what it means for the health of future generations.

 

Rudo y Cursi (Mexico) Beto and Tat Verdusco are brothers who work at a banana plantation as well as play soccer for their village team.  Beto dreams of becoming a professional soccer player; Tato's dream is to be a famous singer, and they both dream of building a house for their mother.  Things begin to turn around for them when the two are discovered by a professional soccer scout, until they move to Mexico City on rival soccer teams. 

 

The Song of Sparrows (Iran) Fired from his job on an ostrich farm after one of the birds runs away and he is blamed for the loss, a man becomes so obsessed with collecting useless rubbish that he begins to neglect his wife and daughter while becoming completely oblivious to their familial hardships. Every day, Karim returns home with a new haul of useless junk. When his wife offers a spare door from the courtyard to a neighbor in need, Karim completely loses his cool and sets out to retrieve the door. When Karim stumbles and breaks his foot while rummaging through his second-hand goods, the kindness of neighbors makes him realize that his priorities have taken a turn for the worse.

 

Waltz with Bashir (Israel) The animated, quasi documentary follows Director Ari Folman's attempt to decipher the horrors that unfolded one night in September of 1982, when Christian militia members massacred more than 3,000 Palestinian refugees in the heart of Beirut as Israeli soldiers surrounded the area.

 

Summer Hours (France) The divergent paths of three forty something siblings collide when their mother, heiress to her uncle's exceptional 19th century art collection, dies suddenly.  Left to come to terms with themselves and their differences, Adrienne (Juliette Binoche) a successful New York designer, Fredric, an economist and university professor in Paris, and Jeremie, a dynamic businessman in China, confront the end of childhood, their shared memories, background and unique vision of the future.

 

The Country Teacher (Czech Republic) A gifted and well qualified young teacher takes a job teaching natural sciences at a grammar school in the country.  He begins to form a strong friendship with a woman and her troubled son, but when the ex-boyfriend of the teacher comes to visit, a series of events go into motion - testing the inner strength of the teacher, woman and her son, to a breaking point,

 

The Spring International Film Festival will be held March 5 7, 2010 at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center and will feature the following films:

 

Burma VJ: Reporting from A Closed Country (Belgium)  Risking torture and life imprisonment, VJs (video journalists) vividly document the brutal clashes of Burma when peaceful Buddhist Monks lead a massive rebellion, protesting a cruel dictatorship that has held the country hostage for more than 40 years.  The VJs vividly document the cruel clashes with the military and undercover police even after they themselves become targets of the authorities. 

 

The Girl from Monaco (France) In this comic thriller, a brilliant and neurotic attorney goes to Monaco to defend a famous criminal.  But, instead of focusing on the case, he falls for Audrey, a beautiful she devil, who turns him into complete wreck.  Will he ever climb out of this mess?

 

Departures (Japan) Daigo is a talented musician, but when his orchestra is abruptly disbanded, he suddenly finds himself without a source of steady income. Moving back to his own small town, Daigo answers a classified ad for a company called "Departures," mistakenly thinking he will be working for a travel agency. He soon discovers his new job is to prepare bodies of the deceased for their trip into the afterlife.

 

The Lemon Tree (Israel) This personal drama gives way to political controversies as Salma, a widow who grows and sells lemons from ancestral trees on the West Bank of Palestine, forms an unexpected relationship with the Israeli Prime Minister's lonely wife.

 

Flow: For the Love of Water (USA) This documentary investigates one of the most important political and environmental issues of the 21st Century The World Water Crisis begging the question "Can anyone really own water?" FLOW give viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to water crisis and those developing new technologies which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

 

Lake Tahoe (Mexico) Fleeing, teenage Juan crashes his family's car into a telegraph pole on out the outskirts of town, little does he know he's just stepped into an adventure full of absurd, and bewildering characters that have become the very thing he needs to get him back on the road, the road to accepting the very thing he's been running away from.

 

Ticketing Information

The Marshall Artists Series 2009 2010 season is jam packed with a plethora of extraordinary performances, sure to please one and all.  Adult ticket prices are listed with each event.  For most shows, The Marshall Artists Series offers a 20% discount for youth ages 17 and under.  Call 304-696-6656 for youth ticket details. Tickets may be purchased with a major credit card by calling the Box Office at (304)-696-6656, or calling Ticketmaster at (304)-523-5757.   Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Marshall Artists Series Box Office, located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, open Monday Friday, noon 5 P.M, or at any Ticketmaster ticket center.  Tickets may also be purchased online at www.marshallartistsseries.org, or www.ticketmaster.com.


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Marshall research community to benefit from $2.6 million federal stimulus award to state

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University researchers and students will benefit from a $2.6 million National Science Foundation grant to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

The cyberinfrastructure award, which was announced earlier this week by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, will assist with scientific discovery by building capacity and promoting the use of high-performance computing cluster resources at Marshall University, West Virginia University and West Virginia State University.

More than $1 million of the grant funds will be used at Marshall over the next three years to help upgrade computing networks and enhance immersive visualization capabilities.

Dr. Tony Szwilski, professor of engineering and director of the university's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences, will coordinate the project on Marshall's campus. Other members of the Marshall community who are involved include Dr. Jan Fox, senior vice president for information technology and chief information officer; Joseph Fuller, associate professor of  computer science; Dr. Venkat Gudivada, professor of  computer science; and Dr. Jack Smith, visualization manager.

According to Dr. John Maher, vice president for research and executive director of the Marshall University Research Corporation, the grant will be used to establish advanced high-performance computing and visualization resources at Marshall and to assist with connection to other high-performance computing systems and resources around the world, allowing faculty researchers - and their students - to collaborate in real time without geographic limitations.

"Engineering and scientific research today require computing infrastructure that will allow faculty to work with very large data sets and complex computational systems. This project will give our researchers tools to make them more competitive for outside funding, and will allow them to work with colleagues across the country and around the world," said Maher. "We are pleased to be part of this collaborative."

Fox added that the computerized visualization capabilities provided through the grant will help faculty communicate and explore both abstract and concrete ideas in health care and scientific and engineering research.

"By providing computing power that was, until recently, available only to the most prestigious research institutions, this project will assist Marshall's growing research community in its quest to address problems that require the minds and resources of a global, collaborative community," she said. "From the development of approaches to real-time, image-guided surgery to the provision of a platform for management of communities, emergencies and other complex processes, the capabilities provided by this funding will have a long-term, positive impact on our community, state and nation."

In addition to the research equipment that will be provided through the grant, the project will help develop a work force that can create and sustain cyber-based systems, tools and services. A network of faculty and information technology professional staff will be developed at Marshall to help researchers expand the use of high-performance computing and advanced visualization in their work, as well as to provide expertise on the operational and technical aspects of using supercomputing resources.

"Cyberinfrastructure includes computational systems, data and information management, visualization environments and people - all linked together by collaborative software and advanced networks," said Szwilski. "These significant resources will be a catalyst at Marshall for technology innovation and economic development."

He added that complementary outreach activities will be undertaken at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels to help teach students computational science and visualization skills, also with the goal of developing a high-tech work force.

The award was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. For more information, contact Szwilski at szwilski@marshall.edu.

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Marshall University business graduate student member of winning team in research project competition of Beta Alpha Psi

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Marshall University student in the Lewis College of Business was a member of a four-person team that recently took first place in a research project competition at the annual national meeting of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals.

Max Billmyer, a graduate student from Martinsburg, W.Va., was one of only 60 students who were selected internationally to take part in the competition, "Project Run With It," which was held in New York City in August. Tyler Rowland, president of the Marshall chapter, was selected to serve on a separate panel.

Fifteen panels were directed to conduct research and then make recommendations for three nonprofit organizations in the New York City area which were seeking help in solving financial problems. Five teams were assigned to each agency.

Each member of the first-place team received $1,000 which will go to his or her chapter.

"Our team was assigned to the Arts and Business Council of New York (ABCNY). We spent a full day doing research and then made a presentation to a panel of judges," Billmyer said.  "Since this was on the national level, winning the award was great exposure for not only the Lewis College of Business but for Marshall as well."

Among other things, the ABCNY was looking for ways to save money on their Web site while making it more user friendly and conducive to drawing in new business sponsors.  Billmyer's team concentrated on coming up with recommendations that would increase ABCNY's membership, which was their overall goal, while addressing other concerns.

"It was a good opportunity to interact with others who were from all parts of the country," Billmyer said.  "The research we did was all about helping nonprofit groups.  It was a great learning opportunity."

Marshall faculty member Amanda Thompson-Abbot, who accompanied the group to the conference, said, "Beta Alpha Psi is a first-class professional organization and I am honored to be one of their faculty advisors. I am proud of the students' accomplishments in New York at the national meeting. They represented Marshall University and the Lewis College of Business well and I feel they will continue to achieve great success in their future professional careers.  With this in mind, I recommend that all students who are eligible to join become members, because this organization can ultimately take them from students to polished professionals."

This year was Marshall's first to participate in "Project Run With It."

More than 1,200 students from 235 schools were represented at the conference, which included representatives from Australia and New Zealand.  In addition to Billmyer, Rowland and Thompson-Abbott, LCOB student Alex Kovarik also attended from Marshall.

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization that recognizes students in the fields of accounting, finance and information systems.  Students must have a high GPA to get in, which they must maintain, and they must do 40 hours of professional development and 40 hours of community service each year to remain members in good standing.  Only schools which are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) are eligible to have chapters.

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Photo: Marshall University representatives (from left) Max Billmyer, Amanda Thompson-Abbott, Tyler Rowland and Alex Kovarik attended the Beta Alpha Psi annual national meeting recently.


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Marshall University creates Sustainability Department; Margie J. Phillips to lead environmental efforts

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University has established a Sustainability Department and has appointed Margie J. Phillips to lead the University's environmental and energy efficiency efforts, Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp announced today.

Phillips has served as Marshall University's Energy Analyst for more than 12 years. She began her job as Sustainability Manager this week.

Kopp said the Sustainability Department at Marshall will help the University look for ways to conserve water and energy, reduce waste and incorporate green technologies and materials into its planning and operations.

"Universities can have a significant, positive impact on the environment through the incorporation of sustainable practices. We are under increasing pressure from our governments, students and communities to lessen our environmental footprint and we take that obligation seriously," Kopp said. "It is important for Marshall to have an accessible office with a leader who will keep us moving forward as we look for ways to become more environmentally sustainable.

"This goal is more than just what type of light bulbs we purchase or the volume of paper we recycle. Those things are important, but I am certain that the economic, social and environmental benefits of a sustainable Marshall University will reach far beyond the physical boundaries of our campuses and into our communities, region and, ultimately, our state. I am excited to see the effect that this department office will have on the entire Marshall University Community."

Phillips has been affiliated with Marshall University since 1977 as a student, staff or part-time faculty member. She earned a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995, a master's degree in safety in 1996, and currently is pursuing an Education Specialist degree in adult and technical education with a minor in environmental geography.

Phillips will be involved in all aspects of sustainability on campus encouraging environmental responsibility in every corner of the University from purchasing decisions to landscaping and cleaning products to lighting fixtures. She said she is particularly excited to work with environmentally passionate students to develop worthwhile energy-saving initiatives.

"My pledge is to continue to research and develop methods to save energy while enhancing and preserving the environment for our community," Phillips said. "I've seen the desire to be environmentally responsible in our students; I hear it in the voices of our faculty and staff; and I know we can work together to discover feasible ways to lessen the environmental footprint of the University."

Mark Cutlip, director of Marshall University's Physical Plant, says Phillips' promotion to Sustainability Manager is a natural progression for her and a great fit for the University.

"She has been tracking utility usage and researching ways to save on utility costs since she started at Marshall," Cutlip said. "She has saved the University thousands of dollars and has obtained several grants to finance energy efficiency projects on the Huntington Campus. She dearly loves Marshall University and has a passion for environmental responsibility and I am certain she will inspire good environmental stewardship in all of us."

The Sustainability Department will be located within the University's Physical Plant. A portion of Phillips' salary will come from the student-initiated Green Fee, which was proposed by members of the Student Sierra Coalition and the Student Government Association during an SGA-sanctioned election in 2008. The initiative was presented by President Kopp on behalf of the students and passed by the Board of Governors this summer. The $5 student fee also will be used to fund sustainability projects on campus. A group of students, faculty and staff, called the Greening Marshall Committee, will make recommendations for projects to Phillips.

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Marshall University students earn national honors for media work

INDIANAPOLIS - Two students with Marshall University's campus media earned top awards at the Society of Professional Journalists national Mark of Excellence ceremony Aug. 28.

Adam Cavalier, a graduate journalism student from Montgomery, W.Va., and station manager for WMUL-FM, won first place for radio news reporting with his story about The Big Dipper, the historic roller coaster at Camden Park. Cavalier produced the story while an undergraduate student.

Erin Felton, a graduate Master of Arts in Teaching student from St. Albans, was the national finalist in the editorial cartoon category for her work in The Parthenon.

Cavalier began his media career doing public-address play-by-play at Charleston Catholic High School while a student. He received the first Jim Nantz award in June for best college sportscaster in the nation.

"It is thrilling to pick up a national SPJ award," Cavalier said.  "We've had so many entries come close in years past, but it truly is wonderful to break through and pick up the gold."

"Our radio students have established a tradition at WMUL-FM of being able to successfully compete at the national level with other student journalists.  This recognition for WMUL-FM's Adam Cavalier in SPJ's National Mark of Excellence contest is further evidence of the quality of the work performed by our talented broadcasting students at WMUL-FM and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications," said Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, radio-television professor and WMUL adviser.

Felton began her art career under the tutelage of her aunt, Vicki Boatright, who owns an art studio in Ohio. "My aunt is the artist, so she facilitated a lot of painting," Felton said.

Felton's strip, Think Outside the Sidewalk, began as an occasional strip while she was an undergraduate creative writing student. The main character was a slug.

After a hiatus, she resumed the strip a year ago and began integrating other animals and humans as characters. The strip reflects her dual interests of politics and art, she said. She prefers pictures over words for her college audience because students likely shy away from extracurricular reading.

"I try to be equal, but I think it's pretty obvious that it tends toward the left," she said.  Whether it's a young snail moving into dorm housing or two children seeking a bailout for their lemonade stand, Felton said she looks for a different way to make her point.

"Erin's genius is her simplicity," said Nerissa Young, adviser to The Parthenon. "She takes a complex message and reduces it to a simple sketch and simple message in just one pane. Many cartoonists need multiple panes to tell a story."

"Winning these awards shows that Marshall's campus media are providing quality content for the campus and community. Our students regularly compete against larger and better-funded universities. The big winners in the competition were the University of Maryland and Arizona State University," said Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of the W Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Presented since 1972, the Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best work from college students, members of SPJ or not. Students may submit work from campus media, internships or jobs. SPJ is divided into 12 regions for U.S. territories and the 50 states. West Virginia is in Region 4. First-place winners in each region advance to the national competition. The contest includes 39 categories for print, radio, television and online journalism. This year, judges narrowed more than 3,600 entries to a winner and one or two national finalists in each category.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and to educate the next generation of journalists; and protects the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. SPJ has more than 230 professional and campus chapters.

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Photo, left to right: Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, radio-television professor and WMUL adviser; Adam Cavalier, first-place winner in radio news reporting; Nerissa Young, print professor and The Parthenon adviser; Erin Felton, national finalist in editorial cartooning; and Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

 


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Herd fans encouraged to wear green on National College Colors Day and on Green Fridays throughout the season

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Loyal Marshall University faculty, staff, students, alumni and fans choose a variety of ways to show their support for the Thundering Herd. One of the most popular ways of displaying their allegiance is to wear Marshall green to university events.

On Friday, Sept. 4, the day before Marshall opens the 2009 football season at Joan C. Edwards Stadium against Southern Illinois University, the entire Marshall community is encouraged to participate in the fifth annual National College Colors Day and wear green in support of the Thundering Herd.

College Colors Day, organized by the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), coincides with "back to school" and the kickoff of intercollegiate athletics. By participating in College Colors Day, Marshall University is continuing a tradition of encouraging members of the Marshall community to wear their Marshall gear for the event.

Marshall University employees are encouraged to show their spirit on campus by participating in Green Fridays. The university is also asking the Huntington community to continue to take part in Green Fridays throughout the fall by wearing green to show their Thundering Herd pride. In addition, employees of local businesses may take part in a contest in which they wear their Marshall gear. The winning businesses will receive prize packages from the university.

For more information on Green Fridays and the contest for businesses, contact Mallory Jarrell, Marshall University Marketing and Branding Coordinator, at 304-696-3490 or by e-mail at haye1@marshall.edu.


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